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Analysis of major river systems and their deltas - the ...

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Iield investigations of a variety of types of deltas, ranging from tropical, high- tide deltas to arctic, low-tide deltas. these projects have provided some ... 134 pages
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Analysis of Major River Systems and Their Deltas:Procedures and Rationale, With Two ExamplesbyJ. M. Coleman and L. D. WrightLOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY PRESSBATON ROUGE1971ABSTRACTThe great river and delta systems of the world are considered as complex,interacting systems. All components are causally interrelated. Salient processand response parameters have been identified, and procedures for acquiring andgenerating parameter values have been standardized. Geological, geomorphological,climatological, pedological, biological, and hydrological factors in the drainagebasin, alluvial valley, deltaic plain, and receiving basin are being systematicallymeasured, computed, and tabulated for each of 55 of the world's major rivers anddeltas.Means of accurately describing the morphometry of large drainage basins byrapid electronic techniques have been devised. Values obtained are considered inrelation to the water balance, soils, vegetation, and river regime. In the allu-vial valley similar factor...